Phil Ivey has been branded as the best poker contender in the world by most of the top-ranked professionals. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and moved to Jersey before reaching turning one. His grandpa showed him to penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was addicted to poker and wanted to pickup everything he could about the game. Phil would tell his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil did not permit the adverse comments from others destroy his dream of becoming one of the greatest poker players in the world.
He began competing intently after acquiring a fake ID by the name of Jerome. He sharpened his game at the casinos in Atlantic City. The beginning few years for him were a learning experience and coming away with a win was not a regular thing at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 WSOP where he made 2 final tables and came away with his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a two dollar, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the closing table he defeated many of the better known pros including but not limited to "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
Phil decided to take his skills to the successive level and moved out west to Sin City. Phil continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players on the planet. Phil credits his achievements to discipline and an eternal passion for poker. He says that he is learning every single day and is very abashed about his achievements. He admits to making errors every single session of poker and always aspires to improve.
Despite the fact that Phil has won some big tournaments, he favors winning money games on a normal basis.